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October
I didn't manage as much photography as I would have liked, but I did get to both Dean Forest and Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railways, although I still have photographs to process from both sessions.   I did manage to convert some more collections to HTML5 including the last two remaining Gloucestershire Heritage Property ones, and I've caught up on some processing work from sessions earlier in the year that were still outstanding.
 
Unfortunately, I discovered mid-month that the form that was I using to allow people to contact me had stopped working.    This was a service provided to me by the hosts of this site and my railway ones, and I don't appear to have received any communication regarding the withdrawal of the service; it was only by chance that I discovered the issue whilst re-applying a link during a collection rebuild.   I can't even be certain of when it failed; I last received a message via the system in February, but I can't help feeling I've checked it since then.   I suspect that the service had not been withdrawn all that long, but I can't be sure and I apologise to anyone who has being trying to contact me, either via this site, or one of my railway ones (which were using the same form).   It could have been worse; had the service been withdrawn later, I would have more work do resetting the links.
 
The good news is that I was able to install an internal contact form, which turned out be fairly easy to set up in the end; evidently the hosting platform has improved on this in the last few years.   As of the end of the month, I've managed to fix the top level links and around a third of the converted collection links (the unconverted collections will be fixed when (if - see below) they converted.
 
I also removed the link to my personal site as this had been shut down over the summer.   This oversight was purely down to me as my ISP had informed me of its removal; I just hadn't got round to removing the link.   In my defence, as those of you who visit this site regularly know, my father passed away in July, and I had a lot on my mind over the summer. 
 
November to February 2019
I intend to dial back on the photograph for the next few months in order to concentrate on the site rebuild, as I intend to have the top levels converted to HTML5  for the 1st March 2019.  I had planned to visit the West Midland Safari Park in November (one of the items on the "to-do" list for the year), but feel that this would put me under more pressure to convert the "On Safari" collection as a priority.  Perhaps if it were a purely digital collection this would not be such a problem, but there are some 35mm photographs in there that I am proud of, and I want to try to see if I could reformat them if possible, rather than discarding them as I have been doing.  
 
I would like to try and get a heritage property session done though, although ideally, the location should be (a) reasonably close to home, (b) one where the collection has already been converted to HTML5, and (c) one which I have not visited in Autumn.   This doesn't leave many candidates.
 
My plans for December mainly revolve around converting the largest collection on this site : "Wartime in the Vale 2015", but I do hope to slot a visit to the Severn Valley Railway post-Christmas, and it's not beyond the bounds of possibility that some heritage properties may get a look in. 
 
Once I have converted "Wartime..2015", I then intend to start work on the top level of the site, with the view - as previously mentioned - of sending it live on or before the 1st March, 2019.   At this point a lot of the event collections will be taken off-line (see below).
 
Event Collections
With regards to the ongoing HTML5 conversion, I have been giving the matter of which event collections to convert and which could probably be discarded.  A lot of the event collections contain 100 photographs or more and converting these is time-consuming.   Add to that the fact that I am constantly adding new events is likely to result in the gallery becoming somewhat bloated, so I am currently considering the following procedures to implement over the next few months:
Also, from October 2018, I will cease to add new collection links to the existing mobile gallery indexes as I feel that it is no longer worth the effort for something that I intend to scrap shortly.  I don't expect to be adding many new collections in the remainder of 2018 anyway. 
 
Mousemats and Mugs
I have decided that I probably won't be restoring the custom mousemats to this site any time soon, as I have concerns about the products as a whole which might be cause for complaint.   However, I have not any issues so far with the custom mugs I have ordered and these may well be restored when the gallery indexes are changed to HTML5 and if I can get some prototypes made.  
 
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